PLAY FLAG FOOTBALL'S RETURN TO PLAY STRATEGY
Sports and physical activity are important. We would very much like to provide our children with some semblance of normalcy as soon as possible. However, we recognize that we need to balance that desire with the responsibility to provide programming that is as safe as possible given the current conditions. As always, safety is our primary concern.
The CDC and California Department of Health use various benchmarks to determine which activities are considered safe. Our benchmark will be in-school instruction.
Our next league will kick off 42 days after widespread in-person education returns to the Bay Area. We are hopeful that the next league will start a few weeks after our traditional fall league would begin.
This will allow us to adequately plan and prepare for the league (which is a large undertaking in and of itself) and coordinate and implement the necessary safety precautions. We will work with schools to learn their real-world best practices and will have an opportunity to understand what works and what doesn't work through their experience.
It will also give parents time to plan appropriately, and will allow for all of the registrations and requests.
What to expect
Now more than ever, we want the league to be special. We'll have lots of new bells and whistles to add to the experience. We'll start to announce some of these as we get closer to the launch date. If you're familiar with our festivals, think along those lines, with a new format that adds the appropriate distancing and safety precautions. It may also be necessary to change the format of the season in order to minimize interaction between too many groups. Again, we'll release more information as we get close to announcing an actual start date.
We do anticipate an increase in price due to the lower density as well as the costs associated with putting precautions in place. We'll do everything we can to keep this increase to a minimum.
If you have a league credit from the spring, those credits will be transferrable, and there will be no additional cost if you have a full credit from the spring season -- even if the price does increase for the coming season. We'll send out a guide that explains how to use your credits as soon as registration opens.
We realize this is a difficult time financially, we we'll do our best to offer as many scholarships as possible.
Small Group Programs
We may offer small group programs in addition to our standard leagues. Again, credits will be applicable to these programs as well. More on this soon.
In the past, we've funded scholarships and other programs through special events, sponsorship proceeds, and operating surplus. At a time when we anticipate we will have the greatest need, our ability to self-fund these programs will be at an all time low. If you have the means, we hope you'll consider supporting our scholarship program.